This is a documentation of the first ever live Turmoil recording. Originally I never intended for Turmoil to be a live performance, our method of creating music was based on manipulating and mutilating audio files, field recordings and found sounds, chopping them up and pasting them back together but when approached by Mark Stolk, The host of NTNS Radio to do a live performance we could not turn down the offer.
The idea behind this performance was to combine sleep depravation with the effects of Dextromethorphan, which is the active ingredient in Robitussin DM cough medicine and see what the results would be in a live electronic performance.
Right from the start things did not go the way we had planned. We had trouble connecting to the chat room that we were using to interact with the Radio host and some of the software need to stream the music we were creating had gone missing from our computer so there was no sound. It seemed that lack of sleep and the chemicals running through our bodies were wreaking havoc on our minds. I have done Robitussin and recorded music before and strange things like this always seemed to happen. It seemed that the performance was not meant to happen, but with the patience of the Host, we worked through the technical problems and the music took over.
By the end of the set we felt real good about the performance, we did not here the broadcast live so we had to wait till the next day to get a copy of the performance. When we listened back we realized that in all of the confusion with the technical difficulties we had all the levels on our mixer way to high, resulting in a very loud distorted recording. It seemed once again that it was not meant to be.
We had recorded it ourselves on our computer recording program but at this point I figured that this recording would also be recorded to loud. To our surprise the levels were fine, so we began to mix the performance and the result is what you will hear in this release.
We are also going to include the original recording to preserve what the performance was at the time just as the people who were listing at the time heard, It is rough and abrasive and to tell you the truth not that bad, very different from a typical Turmoil recording.
We would like to thank Mark and NTNS Radio for the opportunity to perform live on his show and for all the help and patience he had to make it happen.
September 1, 2008 Subject:
This was a great recording!
I found this band about two years ago, captivated by their dark soundscapes and menacing sounds but this recording is different. Maybe it was the influence of the Dextromethorphan and sleep depravation but I did like it, true experimentation for true experimental music.
August 31, 2008 Subject:
this was great to hear live
I was in the virtual audience during this live set, and it really was quite amazing. We all just assumed that they had taken a more aggressive approach in this set, somewhat like the noisier acts represented on Amduscias. We all held our bretah as the evening was being set up, and indeed Mr. Stolk was very patient and we all worked to help them get online, and were rewarded by this rare treat! Decide for yourselves which version is better!
And by the way, it's 'dextromorphothan' i believe ;)